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Indiana fires Tom Crean

Indiana has fired basketball coach Tom Crean. After nine years of up and down results, IU made the decision to dismiss the nine-year head coach.

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Indiana has fired basketball coach Tom Crean.

After nine years of up and down results, IU made the decision to dismiss the nine-year head coach.

Indiana went 166-135 in Crean’s nine years, which started with a massive rebuild following sanctions and other issues from the Kelvin Sampson days.

Crean won Big Ten titles in 2013 and 2016 and reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament three times.

Inconsistency was among the key issues for Crean’s tenure at Indiana.

The past five years, IU won the league twice but finished 23-31 the other three.

IU also missed the NCAA Tournament completely in 2014 and 2017.

Indiana was 18-16 this season, losing on the road at Georgia Tech after passing on the chance to host that game at Assembly Hall due to 

Crean, who turns 51 on March 25, was 166-135 in nine years at Indiana. He is 356-231 in 18 years overall as a head coach, the first nine at Marquette.

Crean's contract with Indiana runs through 2020. He is owed a buyout of $4 million minus any income earned between now and the end of his contract with IU.

"After deliberative thought and evaluation, including multiple meetings with Tom about the future, I have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program," IU athletic director Fred Glass said.

"Tom Crean brought us through one of the most challenging periods in IU basketball history, led his players to many successes in the classroom and on the court and represented our university with class and integrity. While winning two outright Big Ten titles in five years and being named Big Ten Coach of the Year, Tom worked tirelessly to develop great young men and successful teams. However, ultimately, we seek more consistent, high levels of success, and we will not shy away from our expectations. Tom is a good man and a good coach and we owe him a great debt of gratitude for his many positive contributions to Indiana basketball. We wish him well.

"The national search for our new coach begins immediately. The Board of Trustees and the President have expressly delegated to me the responsibility and authority for this search and hire.  While I will not be establishing a formal search committee or advisory committee, I will consult with basketball experts from around the country and throughout the State of Indiana, including many former Indiana University basketball players.

"The expectations for Indiana University basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep in the NCAA tournament, and win our next national championship—and more after that.  We will identify and recruit a coach who will meet these expectations." Top Stories